J.H. Rose High, Tar River Writing Project awarded $20,000 grant

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J.H. Rose High School teachers Robert Puckett, left, and Scott Wagoner, right, work with Rose students to plan the 3D printing/ prototyping fabrication lab maker space. Contributed photo.

Students and teachers from J.H. Rose High School in Greenville were on ECU’s campus June 15-19 working with staff from the Tar River Writing Project developing plans to implement an idea that earned them a national grant.

The Tar River Writing Project, housed at ECU in the University Writing Program, and Rose High School were one of one of 14 groups in the nation awarded a $20,000 LRNG Innovation Challenge Grant.

During the week, 11 teachers worked with 15 Rose students designing six maker spaces that will operate during Rose’s 80-minute SMART Block period. Maker spaces, sometimes called hackspaces and fablabs, are communities for people to create, invent, learn and share projects.

The maker spaces at Rose will focus on fashion design, robotics/programming, upcycling/repurposing objects, beat making, digital storytelling/media making, and a 3-D/prototype fabrication lab.

Students will be able to visit and explore in these maker spaces during the school’s SMART Block, which allows students to attend academic sessions with teachers or participate in extracurricular activities. Once students find something that they are interested in, they can pick up and follow interest-driven educational pathways, said Stephanie West-Puckett, Tar River Writing Project associate director and a member of the ECU Department of English faculty.

“This grant gives us an opportunity to design innovative educational spaces together that bridge curricular and extracurricular learning,” she said.

During the weeklong event, the educators from ECU and Rose High designed a curriculum with low barriers for easy access and high ceilings for developing mastery. Each maker space will also have a service project so that students and faculty can use the concepts and tools to benefit others in need, West-Puckett said.

“Pop-up maker stations are at the core of what SMART Block should offer students,” said Monica Jacobson, principal at J.H. Rose. “With the stations, Rose students will be afforded time and access to resources that connect and extend their knowledge. Students will be provided with opportunities to build relationships with their peers, teachers, and community partners that share similar interests while they explore beyond the classroom.”

Educators presented the ideas on the last day of the event to school administrators, community members and parents for their feedback.

Will Banks, director of the University Writing Program and of the Tar River Writing Project, noted, “It’s rare that teachers, students, and community members get to work together to find shared interests and passions—and to remember that passion, not test scores, motivates learning.”

The LRNG Innovation Challenge is a new initiative that invests in forward-looking schools and teachers to design innovative projects that take advantage of new technology to support students’ creativity. It is sponsored in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign.

West-Puckett said musician John Legend wants high school students – with projects like the ones funded by the grants – to be able to pursue their interests, especially in the arts, which may not fit into a traditional curriculum approach.

Rob Puckett, a Rose printing and graphics instructor, is working to develop a 3-D printing & prototyping maker space. “While 3-D printing trinkets and toys is neat, we want to demonstrate how these tools can make a real difference in people’s lives,” he said. “Each semester, we’ll work together on printing a custom-made prosthetic hand with free, open-source plans.”

Fellow Rose teacher Lynn Cox, who is collaborating on a maker space for robotics and computer programming, said, “It was great to have the students here with us and see how eager they are for these kinds of opportunities in school.”

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J.H. Rose High School students and teachers work in groups during a weeklong event in ECU’s Joyner Library to make a pop-up “fabric hacking” maker space. Rose High and the Tar River Writing Project earned a national grant to develop maker spaces and a corresponding curriculum. Contributed photo.

 

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South Central High School Teachers Visit ECU Pharmaceutical Skills Lab

Teachers and the principal from South Central High School in Winterville toured ECU's Pharmaceutical Skills Lab June 9. (Contributed photo)

Teachers and the principal from South Central High School in Winterville toured ECU’s Pharmaceutical Skills Lab June 9. (Contributed photo)

 

A tour of the pharmaceutical skills lab at East Carolina University on June 9 helped 10 South Central High School teachers and their principal, Julie Cary, understand how ECU prepares students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry. The lab is housed in ECU’s Department of Chemistry in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

The educators plan to share this information in their own classrooms to explain how subjects taught in high school can be relevant to the students’ communities and future careers.

“Teachers need to be aware of what is happening in industry, post-secondary education, business and the arts in their communities in order to relate course content to relevant examples for their students. This is one of our major goals in bringing teachers to the lab,” said Elizabeth Martin, instructional coach at South Central High School.

“We hope our teachers will connect with the community in a deeper way. We also hope South Central can forge relationships with post-secondary education and industry that lead to substantive relationships between these key stakeholders,” she said.

The South Central teachers spent the 2014-15 academic year exploring the topic of innovation in education. Through the assistance of ECU Vice Chancellor Ted Morris and Wayne Godwin, director of ECU’s Innovation Lab, the educators have explored the human design process, visited the ECU Innovation Lab, learned about the Annual Middle School Innovators Academy and planned and created their own in-house Innovation Lab.

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Scout Out Nursing Day introduces young people to nursing profession

Dressed in period nursing costumes, Gina Woody, co-chair of the Scout Out Nursing committee, provides instructions to nursing student Catherine Steed. (Photos by Conley Evans)

Dressed in period nursing costumes, Gina Woody, co-chair of the Scout Out Nursing committee, provides instructions to nursing student Catherine Steed. (Photos by Conley Evans)


By Elizabeth Willy
College of Nursing

More than 90 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts received an introduction to nursing during the fifth Scout Out Nursing Day, held April 11 in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University.

“The job outlook for nursing is exceptional and we hope that this event will allow the scouts to see the many opportunities the career of nursing has to offer,” said nursing professor Dr. Gina Woody. Woody was co-chair of the event’s organizing committee with fellow faculty member Bob Green.

Dr. Robin Corbett, a family nurse practitioner in the nursing graduate program, gives the scouts a primer on first aid.

Dr. Robin Corbett, a family nurse practitioner in the nursing graduate program, gives the scouts a primer on first aid.

Approximately 80 volunteers participated, including ECU nursing students, faculty and professional nurses. Attendees visited stations where they participated in hands-on demonstrations such as CPR and first aid.

A nursing history station featured volunteers in period costumes designed by the ECU School of Theatre and Dance, under the direction of theatre arts professor Cybele Moon. At another station, retired Air Force nurse and ECU nursing professor Phil Julian explained military nursing, while two nursing students played the role of patients resting on gurneys.

A simulated operating room featured nurse anesthesia faculty and students in full scrubs and surgical masks, along with a breathing, blinking and talking mannequin on the operating table. First aid topics were explained in a station set up like a campsite, with mannequins suffering from wounds sustained in a wooded environment.

Troop leaders and parents said they appreciated the opportunity to observe health care through their children’s eyes. Vidant Edgecombe nurse Jennifer Cooke said the event was an ideal way for her 7-year-old son to take a look at her profession.

“We came so he could see not only what I do when I’m at work, but also so he can explore some of the opportunities that are there for boys in health care,” she said.

Hosted by the ECU College of Nursing and the Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Scout Out has educated more than 500 kids since its inception in 2007.

Scouts ask questions in the operating room lab with Dr. Maura McAuliffe and nurse anesthesia students Natalie Tyson and Lisa Foxworth.

Scouts ask questions in the operating room lab with Dr. Maura McAuliffe and nurse anesthesia students Natalie Tyson and Lisa Foxworth.

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ECU Youth Arts Festival set for March 28

Jake Juchniewicz, left, and Jay Juchniewicz enjoy the 2014 Youth Arts Festival. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Jake Juchniewicz, left, and Jay Juchniewicz enjoy the 2014 Youth Arts Festival. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)



The 11th Annual Youth Arts Festival will be held on the mall at East Carolina University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28. In case of rain, the festival will be moved to the Leo W. Jenkins Fine Arts Building on 5th St. All activities are free and open to the public.

The festival will bring more than 150 visual and performing artists from ECU, North Carolina and surrounding states to share their talents with children. Children will have an opportunity to create their own artwork and visit with artists demonstrating activities such as wheel thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, blacksmithing, paper-making, printmaking, sculpture and portraiture.

Performing artists scheduled to appear this year include The Magic of African Rhythm, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Cirque de Vol, Magic by Jazzy, the Steve Myott Puppets and Twisted Knot.

The event is hosted by the ECU School of Art and Design. Visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/youth-arts.cfm for details or follow the Youth Arts Festival on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ECU-Youth-Arts-Festival/145899762138141.

For additional information, contact Dindy Reich at (252) 328-5749 or reichd@ecu.edu.

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ECU receives financial support from Pitt County ABC for alcohol education efforts

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Left to right, Teresa Campbell, Pitt County ABC executive, presents a donation for ECU alcohol education efforts to ECU Dean of Students Lynn Roeder and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Virginia Hardy.

By Kelly Setzer
ECU News Services

East Carolina University will use a donation from the Pitt County Alcoholic Beverage Control toward efforts to educate students on the dangers of alcohol.

“What started with a $10,000 grant a few years ago has grown to $30,000 dollars in support for vital alcohol education programming on our campus,” said Lynn Roeder, dean of students at ECU. “Pitt County ABC’s support has transformed the university’s ability to provide consistent outreach, training and resources to combat the No. 1 health and safety issue on most college campuses. We are very thankful for their support.”

During the 2014-15 academic year, the financial gift will support two main initiatives: Alcohol EDU and the Pirate Dry Dock.

Alcohol EDU is an online education module required of all first-year ECU students. The training aims to reduce underage drinking by exposing students to the laws and consequences resulting from it, as well as to teach students about low-risk and high-risk drinking behaviors.

The Pirate Dry Dock is ECU’s new alcohol-free tailgating alternative for students, which began Aug. 30 for family weekend and continued Sept. 20 before the UNC game. More than 245 students participated in the first two tailgates, with another scheduled for Oct. 23.

ECU continues extensive campus-wide efforts to educate students about alcohol. “We are very appreciative of the longstanding relationship and financial support from the Pitt County ABC board,” said Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at ECU. “The partnership has allowed ECU and the Division of Student Affairs to successfully launch the Pirate Dry Dock tailgate series and educate thousands of first year student Pirates about the risks associated with underage drinking through the online module.”

Teresa Campbell, Pitt County ABC executive, presented the check to Roeder and Hardy on Oct. 14.

“Pitt County ABC believes deeply that proper education and training about alcohol consumption leads to decreased underage drinking and better decision making,” Campbell said. “We are proud to have increased our financial support for ECU’s efforts to keep students safe and informed. We hope to continue this partnership into the future.”

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Pirate statue returned

Kevin Sugg, left, and Theddrick Moye, with ECU grounds moving services unload the recovered pirate statue from a truck Monday morning. They unloaded the statue at facilities services grounds complex near the Belk Building.  (Photo by  Cliff Hollis)

Kevin Sugg, left, and Theddrick Moye, with ECU grounds moving services unload the recovered pirate statue from a truck Monday morning. They unloaded the statue at facilities services grounds complex near the Belk Building.  (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

 

The iconic ECU pirate statue that stands on the campus mall has been recovered. The statue was reported missing early Sunday, April 27, and it was located early Monday, April 28 in the Bradford Creek soccer fields area.

ECU Police received a tip that someone had spotted it in that location, said Lt. Chris Sutton.

The investigation into the statue’s disappearance continues, Sutton said, and police ask for the public’s continued help as they seek to identify the person or persons responsible.

“The Pirate was recovered but is currently unavailable because he is being checked out,” Sutton said. “At the appropriate time he will be returned to his familiar place on campus.”

A preliminary examination by facilities workers showed the statue appeared to be in good shape, with only minor damage reported.

Anyone who might have information about the Pirate’s disappearance is asked to call the ECU Police tip line at 252-328-6787.

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Wells Fargo donates to Camp Hope

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Wells Fargo Dealer Services has donated a total of $8,400 to Camp Hope, a summer camp for children with cancer, sickle cell and blood disease, operated by the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

The team gave $2,000 in May and another $6,400 in September. The donations will help provide camp scholarships for children with sickle cell disease. Camp Hope is held each summer on the Neuse River near Arapahoe.

Pictured from left to right are Paulette White-Johnson, Rosemary Pugh and Kimberly White of Wells Fargo, Camp Hope director Jacque Sauls, and Teshena Pitt and Ashley Tucker of Wells Fargo.

 

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ECU Campus Kitchen joins nationwide ‘Turkeypalooza’

ECU Campus Kitchen volunteers Serdaria McKinnon-Smith, Shoneice Sconyers and Katie Crifasi, from left, check the temperature on hamburgers to be served at the Ronald McDonald House during a 2011 food preparation event. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU Campus Kitchen volunteers Serdaria McKinnon-Smith, Shoneice Sconyers and Katie Crifasi, from left, check the temperature on hamburgers to be served at the Ronald McDonald House during a 2011 food preparation event. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University student volunteers are joining in a nationwide effort to feed the hungry through the ECU Campus Kitchen’s participation in Turkeypalooza 2013.

ECU students are joining their counterparts across the country in collecting food items to be used in prepared meals and/or food supplies delivered to community partners for holiday meal distribution.

At the Campus Kitchen at ECU, Turkeypalooza activities will include a holiday dinner at the JOY Soup Kitchen Nov. 21 and delivery of holiday meals to 22 families from Operation Sunshine Nov. 25. The 22 families were sponsored by ECU departments and student organizations.

Last year, Campus Kitchens participating in Turkeypalooza served nearly 5,000 extra meals in addition to the 21,000 meals they serve on average each month. During the last academic year, ECU’s Campus Kitchen transformed 1,226 pounds of food into 1,614 healthy meals serving residents of Greenville, NC who are struggling with food insecurity.

Founded in 2001, the Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 33 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need.

By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events.

More details about the national organization is available at www.campuskitchens.org.

To help the ECU Campus Kitchen meet their food donation goal, contact Teresa Dantzler, Campus Kitchen graduate assistant, at 252-737-1670 or email campuskitchens@ecu.edu.

 

 

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ECU community representatives complete grant training

Twenty-two representatives from North Carolina communities completed training in grants administration and public management at East Carolina University in December.

The 48-hour training course was offered through ECU’s Talent Enhancement and Capacity program, a long-term collaboration between the university and partnering organizations or communities that enhances sustainable community development. Participants studied grant program administration, grant proposal development and effective public management approaches.

In a ceremony held on campus Dec. 5, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies Ron Michelson pledged the division’s continued support to the program. “The true value of this program is apparent in the strong partnerships that we are building with your communities and the access that you gain to our faculty, staff and students,” he said.

Participants were awarded certificates of completion and continuing education credits. The participating communities were designated as ECU Community Partners and awarded plaques for their participation.

The newly-designated ECU Community Partners are Aberdeen, Garysburg, Hookerton, Kinston, Lewiston-Woodville, Roseboro, Snow Hill, Washington, Washington County, Winfall, DEEDS Incorporated, Fisher Empowerment Center, Roanoke Economic Development Corporation, Sandhills Community Action Program and Sampson County CDC.

For more information on TECB or other Community and Regional Development programs contact Kenny Flowers, director, Community and Regional Development, flowersk@ecu.edu, (252) 737-1342.

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